Lesson Plan:

The Beginning 'sh' Digraph

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September 4, 2015
by Taryn Boullear

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to say the /sh/ digraph correctly. Students will be able to identify words that begin with the /sh/ digraph.

Lesson

Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Explain to your students that today they will learn about consonant blends, which are two or three consonants that come together to make a different consonant sound. In particular, tell them that they will discuss a special type of blend called a consonant digraph, where two consonants combine to make one sound.
  • Review the consonants with your students.
  • Choose a few consonant cards, and ask your students to say the sound of each.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Hold up the letter S, and ask your students to make the sound.
  • Do the same with the letter H.
  • Put the two letters together, and explain that when the letters are put together and blended, they give a whole new sound.
  • Tell your students that /sh/ is the same sound a person makes to ask someone else to be quiet.
  • Put your finger to your lips and make the /sh/ sound.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Ask your students to put their fingers to their lips and make the /sh/ sound.
  • Then, ask your students to listen and repeat a tongue twister: Sharon shivers on Sherry's ship.
  • Instruct your students to identify words in the tongue twister that have the /sh/ sound at the beginning.
  • Put up word cards on the board, and guide your students as they pronounce words such as shovel, ship, shell, and shark.
  • Puts up pictures of a shovel, a ship, a shell, and a shark.
  • Select some students to place each word under its picture.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Give your students the Sh Book worksheet to complete.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: Have your students identify words that end in /sh/. Instruct them to draw pictures of words that end in /sh/ to practice with their classmates.
  • Support: Give your students the list of words that begin with /sh/ to review.

Review

Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Orally quiz your students about what they learned.
  • Ask your students to make the /sh/ sound.
  • Instruct your students to identify words that begin with /sh/.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Show your students the three boxes that you put items and shapes in.
  • Explain to your students that in each box, there is a group of items that can be described using one word.
  • Tell your students that the word used to describe the items in each box will begin with /sh/.
  • Open the first box, and have your students guess the word.
  • Do the same with the other two boxes.

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